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Running from Solace [Kindle Edition]

Nakia R. Laushaul
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)

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Book Description

2011 USA BOOK NEWS BEST BOOKS AWARD WINNER
2012 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST

“She passed a hard candy over her shoulder as though whatever was in the tiny wrapper was supposed to make it all better. I clutched the peppermint in my hand and buried my face in the hard leather seat while she explained what was going to happen to me. She promised that I’d be safe from then on.”

And so begins the journey of Naomi, whose amazing story picks up where the past and future intersect. As Naomi struggles to hide the ugly physical and emotional reminders of yesterday that insist on haunting her dreams, she crosses paths with a young boy, Xavier and his quick-tempered mother, Mona, who both share an interesting story much like her own.

Running from Solace is an emotional tale which will send you catapulting on a breathless journey beyond breaking points and will finally lead you to believe in the power of accepting what is to be.

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RUNNING FROM SOLACE: 2011 USA BOOK NEWS BEST BOOKS AWARD WINNER

Laushaul strings her words together so neatly and easily, pulling readers in with an almost melodic prose. Well-crafted. Gripping. Shocking. Awesome! - Monique D. Mensah, Author of Inside Rain

While I was reading this book I thought "what a great movie this would make." - Jane Devin, author of The Elephant Girl: A Human Story

To know that this is just a work of fiction is shocking because it is so true-to-life ...May just very well be one of the best books I have ever read! - Leona Romich, Urban Reviews

I recommend Running from Solace to readers looking for a book with a powerful message about a strong subject matter. - Jennifer Coissiere (APOOO BookClub)

About the Author

Nakia R. Laushaul was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and now resides in Houston, Texas with her lovable teenage son. She is a poet, novelist, entrepreneur, and a real people person. Her free time is spent enjoying family and friends. She has written two books, THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE and RUNNING FROM SOLACE. Nakia remains determined to present the truth as she sees it in all facets of her writing, and hopes that her writing will inspire and serve a meaningful purpose for her readers. She is currently working on her next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1503 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984368248
  • Publisher: Serendipity Bound Books (April 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WSXVSY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome Read July 27, 2011
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This author writes a story and gives a voice for far too many victims of abuse.
She tells the story in an honest and brave manner. There were times when I had to put
the book down because the story was all too real. This is an excellent read. I
highly reccommend this book, not only for the way she courageously told a story
about taboo subject matters, but also for the way she describes relationships and
for just writing a doggone good book. I wonder what the author has next for us to read.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written. I Won't Finish It (See Update) April 28, 2012
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I wonder if I'm reading the same 5 star story all the other reviewers read. I've been trying for 2 hours to give this book the benefit of the doubt, but I think I just read my last line: "She was clearly more unfit than a pair of size too little jeans."

I should have stopped at the paragraph several pages earlier that read "He had eyelashes women paid top dollar for wrapped around his eyelids. ... I resisted the urge to wipe the tears that splashed onto his bruised face. I wanted to grab him into my arms and love his pain away. I felt like I already knew him. ... I stood there with my notepad in my hand and my heart in his hands trying to maintain protocol. You know, keep my cool, as the seasoned social workers always reminded us."

This book is riddled with awkward word choices ('tapping' the trunk of the car with a fist, 'shoving' a hand forward to caress a face), trite cliches ("sang like a bird", "lied through my teeth",) and badly, stereotypically drawn characters. The author over-explains too many things (like what it means to 'maintain protocol', for example) and after awhile, I began to feel annoyed and offended by the idea that the author thinks I'm an idiot. In short, it seems like something one of my 15 year old creative writing students might produce.

The only reason I didn't give the book 1 star is because I know how hard it is to write a book. Kudos to the author for that, but I won't finish it.

****** UPDATE: I couldn't sleep, and I'm not a quitter, so I decided to slog through the rest of this book. My feelings about the writing haven't changed, but the plot picked up in the last third of the book and the suspense made finishing it easier. The book has a lot of potential, but it desperately needs some workshopping and skilled editing. I didn't hate it and I wish the author luck with her new book. She's a joyful writer. Who am I to stomp all over that? ;)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Engaging Read, Interesting Characters October 31, 2011
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I truly enjoyed this book and read it in just a couple of hours -- it was just that engaging. As someone who's lived through (and often written about) my own turbulent childhood, I'm always skeptical of novels about the subject, which I think tend to gloss over certain issues or that make "healing" something that happens magically at the age of 18 or with some sort of great singular event, like falling in love. Running from Solace did not do that for the most part, except in the very end, which is why this is a 4-star and not a 5-star review.

Granted, I am not a very religious person, but I do have a strong system of faith and belief. In my experience, it takes more than that, usually over the course of years, to come to terms with all that may stem from an abusive childhood. Child abuse can have a string of consequences, some which aren't even recognized until late adulthood. The author showed this through her character Naomi in a few ways and I found them all believable. However, when the Holy Spirit came at the end to heal Naomi, I was put off. Not by God, but by the convenience of God as a proactive, healing character. I kind of felt like the author cheated a bit.

Yet, the story -- wow, the story was amazing. The characters were believable and as a reader, that's what draws me in most. I loved the strength of Naomi and understood her reticence to be open. I hated Lenora and Nola and wanted to slap Mona as much as Naomi did. There are twists in this novel I didn't expect, didn't see coming, and I normally see them a few chapters away. That speaks to the author's talent. I won't give away the plot, but while I was reading this book I thought "what a great movie this would make".

I hope Nakia Lashaul finds success. It takes an extraordinarily insightful person to write this kind of book and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exquisite Read February 13, 2012
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There are novels that others believe are special. And then there are special novels. Running from Solace IS THE latter.

Countless places in this delicious story cause you to: Inhale, exhale, cry, hope, believe, and most of all, root for the beloved Naomi.

We all know a Naomi. Torn, pained, complex, simple. Confused, brilliant, hopeful, despondent, warrior woman. As such, we want to hug and protect the girl and the woman, expecting the worst and hoping for the best.

You can taste the lyrical genius of Nakia's work. You cry for the child, the woman, and talk to and through the book, craving a desired positive conclusion not unlike an epic big screen movie.

The prowess of Nakia's writing is vivid, layered, rich, and pack an indeliable punch of a writer that lives, breathes, exalts, and projects superbly the characters of her book. The voice, the tempo, and the controlled passion of the novel will lead you through a story that catapults you to the apex of fiction writing.

Do yourself a literary favor. Run to solace, by reading Running From Solace.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this read
Recommend for a bookclub read. Real, down to earth story. Definitely makes one think about where they are in life and why we do the things we do.
Published 15 days ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Let's you know how children suffer and can still be strong and survive. And how some mothers should not have children
Published 28 days ago by Joyce Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read! This book had a true message
I chose this rating because it kept my attention. It was a real page turner. A very unusual outcome for all. I did not see it coming!
Published 28 days ago by Brenda Cephus
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, couldn't put it down
Running from Solace is such a well written book....unbelievable. I was so surprised throughout the book. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Running From Solace
This book is about the main character rising up from a childhood of physical and sexual abuse. The story comes full circle when she finds out her mother and step-father are highly... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robyn Goddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Read!
Laushaul did her thing! There was so much going on, that before I knew it, the pages were turning so quickly and I was finished reading the book in its entirety. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MsDime
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read (Emotional)
I enjoyed this book; it was hard to read about all of the abuse the kids had to endure; I wanted to hug the children!! Mental illness is real!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tiffany Fordfields
4.0 out of 5 stars The truth
It was a good read, I cried as I read most of the book. This kind of abuse happens everyday in households across America......the world!
Published 5 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story
The story was able to touch several different emotions and in a very fluid manner. I would highly recommend to my friends.
Published 5 months ago by Velma R May
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters and accurate description of foster care.
I loved the twists in this book. Surprising ending. Very sad situations but I have seen several kids who have had to live this way.
Published 7 months ago by maria
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More About the Author

Nakia R. Laushaul was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and now resides in Houston, Texas with her lovable teenage son. She is a poet, novelist, and entrepreneur. Nakia is a real people person so, in her free time she enjoys spending it with her family and participating in many social activities. She has always loved to read and early on in life guessed that writing would play a major role in her future. Like many others, Nakia ran away from what she loved, immersed herself in work and concentrated fully on being a mother.

Inspired and fueled by attempts to be molded into the norm, she began to write her first body of work titled, THE TRUTH AS I SEE IT: IN POETRY & PROSE. Nakia remains determined to present the truth as she sees it in all facets of her writing, and hopes that her writing will inspire and serve a meaningful purpose for her readers. Nakia is committed to challenging everyone within her reach to find compassion and empathy in the differences that exist among us all. Her debut novel, RUNNING FROM SOLACE recently won the 2011 USA Book News Best Book Award for African American Fiction. She is currently working on her next novel.

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